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NewsPoster Mar 25, 2013 01:54 PM
iOS, Android Google+ apps get photo, community updates [u]
<strong>(Updated with iPad info)</strong> Google has updated the <a href="" rel='nofollow'>iOS</a> and <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Android</a> Google+ apps with a number of new features and improvements. The iPhone interface in particular now sports basic editing tools carried over from Snapseed, such as cropping, rotation, and Instagram-style photo filters. Brightness, contrast, and saturation can be controlled through gestures, and tapping an image lets people compare an altered photo with the original.<br />
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In both the iPhone and Android apps users can now throttle the amount of community posts in the Home stream, invite people to a community, or reshare content to one. Community managers can search for members and moderate content, including issuing reports, removals, and bans.<br />
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Profiles can optionally be set to display a person's current location. Users can choose which groups will see location info; turning location-sharing on, however, currently requires going through the web or Android apps. The toggle is missing in iOS.<br />
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Some changes specific to the Android app affect posting. Posts there will now show more text up front, from both the original post and comments, and tapping on a link, photo, or video should bring a person straight to a viewing window. Image previews are less frequently cropped, and albums newly support inline browsing. In terms of layout, buttons for actions like +1 and resharing are more visible.<br />
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<em>Update:</em> Notes for the iPad interface also mention the photo editing tools. In general the iOS app also includes a new profile design, notifications tray, and setup flow, plus the ability to filter searches by chronological or "best" results.
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